LeMond Introduces New Steel Washoe Road Bike
After leaking a few photos over the past few weeks, Greg LeMond has finally taken the wraps off their newest bike – the Washoe. Getting back to steel, the frames are all hand made, painted, and assembled here in the USA. LeMond opted for the use of Reynolds 853 steel for the build, with individual frame sizes getting custom butting to offer similar performance across the range. The name Washoe stems from the county where Greg grew up and started riding, as well as the local tribe of Native Americans.
“The Washoe tribe were native to that area. The name Washoe means ‘People from here’. That’s where I became a cyclist, and this company has a lot of roots, there.” – Greg LeMond
Eschewing the typical use of decals, the graphics on the Washoe are hand painted with the only sticker that of the Reynolds 853 mark. Incorporating Greg’s own “LeMond Geometry,” the bike is completed with an Enve tapered carbon fork. Available as a frame and fork, or a complete bike, the Washoe is added to the current line of Limited Edition carbon bikes manufactured by Time.
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Built to accommodate mechanical or electronic drivetrains, the Washoe also features hooded dropouts, a replaceable derailleur hanger, 27.2 seatpost, 28mm tire clearance, and strangely – a PressFit 30 bottom bracket. Complete bikes will all use Wheels MFG Enduro PF30 adapters, but the choice seems a bit odd considering the rest of the build.
No disc brakes or thru axles here, just a classic steel road bike with a modern twist. Claimed frame weight is listed at 1535g for an unpainted 57cm frame, and 1705g with paint. That complete bike built up at 16.18 lbs with a Dura Ace Di2 build kit and Hed Stinger 3 wheels.
Washoe steel bikes can be pre-ordered starting now with the first bikes expected to ship around the start of September. Frame kits start at $1,799, and complete bikes range from $2,599 for a 105 built, to $5,999 for Dura Ace Di2 with Campagnolo builds on the way.